Sea of beneficiaries at Parade Grounds

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Women playing Bathukamma during Praja Ashirvada Sabha at Parade Grounds.

Hyderabad: Hours before Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao arrived at the Parade Grounds for the public meeting at 6.15 pm, the venue had turned into a sea of pink, with the TRS flags not only dotting the boundary of the ground but fluttering from every vantage point.

Though the public meeting was meant for the people of Hyderabad, there was no stopping enthusiastic public from nearby places such as Medchal and Shamshabad to flock to Parade Grounds. The Metro Rail, skirting the ground, was running packed through the afternoon, bringing people from all parts of the city. Many commuters were seen capturing the moment from the metro trains as it passed by.

Many who came from the suburbs or nearby districts said they had come down for the meeting to see and hear the Chief Minister since they were beneficiaries of one scheme or the other. “Three months ago, my mother underwent a brain surgery under Aarogyasri. Earlier, when we consulted private hospitals, we were told that the surgery would cost between Rs 8 to Rs 10 lakh, which we couldn’t afford,” R Kishore Kumar, a florist from Shamshabad, told Telangana Today.

C Sunitha, whose daughter is a beneficiary of the ‘KCR Kits’ scheme, said she was happy to accompany a group of women from Malakpet to the meeting. “I was touched by the TRS government’s gesture of extending the KCR Kits to my daughter when she delivered a baby girl six months ago. I have a healthy granddaughter and I am happy,” she said.

P Kanakaiah, a 63-year-old agriculture labourer from Medchal, said he used to beg on the streets of Hyderabad three to four years ago. “But now, with agriculture activity going up on account of the various development and welfare schemes of the TRS government, I get work easily in Medchal. Besides, I also get an old-age pension of Rs 1,000, and I am grateful to the TRS government for that,” he said.